Historia del General Dan by Doris Lessing
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El viaje del joven general Dann primero hacía las Tierras del Norte y, posteriormente, a las Islas, constituye una crónica épica y, a la vez, una aventura de tintes futuristas o de ciencia ficción. Acompañado por personajes tan inolvidables como Tamar, el fiel Griot; el sabio Ali y el leal perro Ruff, Ia peripecia existencial de Dann es, también, un viaje hacia las profundidades del conocimiento y de la naturaleza del mundo en que vivimos. Un mundo acosado por el terror de la guerra; las catástrofes naturales, los movimientos migratorios masivos y la amenaza de destrucción del planeta. Problemáticas generadoras de miseria y dolor, que los personajes de Doris Lessing enfrentan con su afán de supervivencia y esperanza en un futuro mejor. / This sequel to Lessing's futuristic novel Mara and Dann continues the saga of Dann, the refugee boy prince of the Mahondi, who searched with his older sister Mara for habitable land on a planet Earth beset by a new ice age. Several characters from that novel reappear, including Griot, a soldier who served under Dann, but Mara has died in childbirth. Grief deafens General Dann to the pleas of those who believe he alone can save civilization from the warring chaos of displaced populations. Lessing's long literary career includes much science fiction (the Canopus in Argos series), but this dystopia, underscored by its reluctant hero's existential dilemmawhy go on just to go on?resembles a classical myth, albeit one with no gods to intervene. As Dann disastrously tries to assuage his grief with opium, loyal Griot raises an army and finds a repository of books that preserves the wisdom of lost civilizations. Less of an adventure story than its predecessor, this sequel requires patience through several repetitive passages devoted to Dann's refusal to act. But that is a small price to pay for Lessing's acute observations. Reed Business Information
 

About Doris Lessing

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Born in Kermanshah, Persia (later Iran) on October 22, 1919, Doris Lessing grew up in Rhodesia (the present-day Zimbabwe). Her father was an amputee due to injuries received in World War I and, and her mother had treated his war injuries. As a child, Lessing explored the rural Rhodesian landscape, occasionally hunting small animals. While working as an au pair and a telephone operator in Salisbury, Rhodesia, Lessing read such authors as Chekhov and Tolstoy, refined her writing skills, and married twice. During her two marriages, she submitted short fiction and poetry for publication and, after moving to London in 1949 with her son, Peter, Lessing published her first novel, The Grass is Singing, in 1950. This work treated apartheid/racial issues that existed in Rhodesia at that time. She would go on to explore the individual's--women's in particular--relationship to society in many types of experimental fiction thereafter. Lessing has published many solid short-story collections but is perhaps best known for her 1954 Somerset Maugham Award-winning experimental novel The Golden Notebook. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 2001 Prince of Asturias Prize in Literature, the David Cohen British Literature Prize, and the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature. Lessing has also had a lifelong interest in such topics as Marxism, telepathy, and social psychology.
 
Published November 1, 2007 by Ediciones B. 258 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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